YORK, PA. – The York College women's soccer team fell to 8th-ranked Christopher Newport University 1-0 at Graham Field to open Capital Athletic Conference play on Saturday. Freshman Jess Wieber made nine saves to keep the Spartans within striking distance.
Records: York 1-5-1 (0-1 CAC), CNU 8-0-1 (1-0 CAC)
Shots: York 5, CNU 16
Shots on goal: York 1, CNU 10
Corner kicks: York 2, CNU 6
Saves: York 9, CNU 1
Fouls: York 8, CNU 7
How It Happened
• Both teams started slow offensively, combining for just two shots in the first 20 minutes. In the 26th minute, though, Georgia Gillcrist got on the end of a long ball and volleyed it out of the air. Carly Maglio was up to the task, making the save for CNU. Gillcrist's shot was the only Spartan attempt on goal for the 90 minutes.
• CNU managed six shots in the first half, but York defended well and limited the Captains' chances. To open the second half, CNU earned an opportunity that proved critical. After Jess Wieber picked up a pass from a York defender, CNU had an indirect free kick inside the box. Carson Pokorny tapped it and Riley Cook put it away to give the Captains the 1-0 lead they wouldn't relinquish.
• York put the No. 8 team in the nation under pressure in the waning moments, and had their best chance of the game in the 80th minute. Caitlin Rankin cut inside and lofted a ball across the field for Gillcrist. Again, much like the chance in the first half, she volleyed it out of the air, but the ball blasted into the side netting, missing the post by inches.
• Wieber made nine saves in net for the Spartans, a career-high for the freshman.
Georgia Gillcrist: 2 shots, 1 shot on goal
Riley Cook: 1 goal, 3 shots, 3 shots on goal
Carson Pokorny: 1 assist, 2 shots, 2 shots on goal
Jess Wieber (York): 90 minutes played, 1 goal against, 9 saves (L, 1-5-1)
Carly Maglio (CNU): 90 minutes played, 0 goals against, 1 save (W, 8-0-1)
The Spartans fall to 0-5-1 all-time against Christopher Newport … Jess Wieber made a career-high nine saves for York … the game was the fifth time York was shut out this season … the goal allowed by the Spartans was just the first in the last three games … Georgia Gillcrist now is third on the team in shots, with five.
York concludes their three-game home stand on Wednesday as they host Elizabethtown at Graham Field at 7 p.m. The Spartans are 3-6-3 all-time against the Blue Jays, and have lost the last three.